The Local Plan Examination in Public is expected to resume in the autumn. The Inspector will have to decide whether a ‘transport strategy’ which will route much of the traffic from the new developments through the historic town centre invalidates the plan. The Warwick Society is quite sure that it is ‘unsound’, but also sure that, whatever the dubious planning process concludes, Warwick’s buildings, their beauties, the town’s distinctiveness, can still by some means be conserved.
There is nothing which can be done to maintain the ideal that Warwick is a small town surrounded by green countryside: its historic centre will merely be an enclave in suburbia. But plenty can still be done, by the Society, by society more widely, and by our politicians, to protect the buildings, the commerce and the life of the town centre and its people from some of the worst effects.